Tonight sees Gary Usher launch a new crowdfunding appeal to raise £50,000 in 24 hours, his most ambitious campaign yet, for Pinion, in Prescot, Merseyside.
If it hits its target the 55-cover bistro will open this summer, following on from the other Elite Bistros sites Sticky Walnut in Chester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral, Hispi in Manchester, and Wreckfish in Liverpool.
The site, an old Betfred bookies, will need about £125,000 in total, but if he can raise £50,000 by tomorrow night Gary says he can do the rest from there.
Rewards for pledges include a name on the founders’ wall (£10), meal vouchers to the value of the pledge (£25-£100), two opening night party invitations (£100), masterclasses and lunches at his other sites (£200) and a private home-cooked dinner (£2,000).
Gary’s Kickstarter campaign for Burnt Truffle raised more than £100,000 and Hispi receiving nearly £60,000 in pledges.
Last year he raised more than £200,000 from 1,522 backers for his fourth restaurant, Wreckfish, in Liverpool, the most money ever raised for a restaurant through a crowdfunding campaign in the UK.
If anyone can raise £50,000 in a day for a restaurant, Gary Usher can…